One of the best things about Hawaii Five-O was its use of the local sights as part of each episode. And no trip to Hawaii is complete without a tour of the islands, Five-O style. If you're planning a trip in the near future, or if you've never been to Hawaii, take a few minutes to "see the sights" with us . . .
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Now, on to the tour!
Here we are at the hotel--and look at what's on TV--how apropos! We'll start our trip headed east up the islands. Our first stop, of course, is to the mythical home of this great Hawaiian crime-fighting force, the Iolani Palace. This is undoubtedly one of the most familiar to Five-O fans as it appeared in just about every episode of the program. Another familiar stop is a few blocks away at the Ilikai hotel. It's on the top floor of this hotel that Jack Lord can be seen at the beginning of each episode. Several episodes contained scenes which were filmed on-site at the Ilikai-- most notably "Bomb, Bomb, Who's Got the Bomb?" In this episode McGarrett rappels from the roof to rescue a woman trapped in a stuck elevator. (One of the many services Five-O provides.)
Right next door to the Ilikai is the Rainbow Tower hotel which hasn't changed much in appearance since it was shown in "And a Time To Die..." and countless others. A few things have changed--the beach now extends all the way to the hotel and the Ala Wai heliport is gone. Ah well, that's progress I guess. The Rainbow Tower is now one of four towers in the massive Hilton Hawaiian Village complex and is where Danny's aunt stayed in "Retire in sunny Hawaii--forever" if my memory serves me correct.
Moving right along we'll proceed down Kalakaua Avenue towards Kapiolani Park, which was featured in several episodes including "Anyone Can Build a Bomb." In this episode, Five-O calmly evacuates the crowded park by hovering over in a helicopter and announcing from a bullhorn that there is a bomb somewhere in the park. (That usually does the trick.) Here's a picture inside of Kapiolani Park at the Shell which was also featured in many episodes and--hey, look who's at the podium. Isn't that the President? I didn't know he was a Five-O fan!
Okay, here's our obligatory shot of Diamond Head along with a few lesser-known pictures from atop the crater looking towards Kawaihoa Point, and from the inside of the crater itself. Diamond Head crater was the supposed location of the intelligence command center where McGarrett met with Jonathan Kaye in "The Jinn Who Clears the Way." The tunnel shown in this episode is real enough, but inside the crater lies only a few government establishments such as the FAA and the state-run Civil Defense. (At least, so far as we know . . .) This same tunnel was used in countless other episodes --including "30,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu," in which we are supposed to believe it is somewhere in Colorado!
Just past Diamond Head is the ever-popular Hanauma Bay. You can't drive down to the bottom like McGarrett did in the first season-- these days you have to pay to get in and only tram cars are allowed to drive down to the bottom.
Just up the eastern coast is the Byodo-In Temple which appeared in several episodes including "The Singapore File" and "Hara-kiri: Murder". In "The Singapore File" we are supposed to believe that the temple is somewhere in the Far East--ha! The truth of the matter is that it is on the far end of the "Valley of the Temples" mortuary. Judging by the gun-battle which ensued in this episode, I gather this is one way the mortuary gets its customers.
Heading further north we eventually reach the beaches of the North Shore where the waves, as we know from "The Banzai Pipeline," are normally much more impressive than this.
Heading back south towards the city means a trip past the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, or perhaps better known as the Punchbowl Cemetery. You should recognize this face from the start of each episode!
Heading back towards where we began, we might as well stop off at the Aloha Tower. This tower has been the center of attention in more than one episode. It has housed everything from a crazed guy and his rifle to a nuclear bomb hidden in a refrigerator crate!
Heading up the northwestern coast is Makaha--home of the Makaha Inn, which was featured extensively in "Kiss the Queen Goodbye". The Makaha Inn is now the Sheraton Makaha, but it looks exactly the same as it did in the episode. The distinguished guests were entertained by the Governor just to the left of the main building and restaurant--right next to the swimming pool! The helicopter which was used to catch one of the crooks at the end flew past the golf course and landed right about here, if I'm not mistaken. Just a mile or two past Makaha is the beautiful western coast-- somewhere on which, the crook in this episode was apprehended.
And back down the coast we go, this time just a few miles short of Honolulu. Yes, it's Honolulu International Airport, which was seen in countless episodes. And I'm afraid our stop here also marks the end of the road for our trip around the island, Five-O style. Aloha!